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Shootouts Squeeze Police Staffing

Two officer-involved shootings this month put slightly more than 15 percent of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department on paid administrative leave. On Sunday morning alone, 14 law enforcement officers from four different agencies were placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting of Marcus A. Rael of Glendale, Ariz., is investigated. Eight of those law enforcement officers were from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department. Six of the eight were directly involved in the shooting, according to Sgt. Christie Wood. “Still, everyone who responded must be placed on leave,” she said, adding that some of the officers will return as soon as they are deemed fit for duty. Combine that with three officers who were placed on paid administrative leave for a separate officer-involved shooting June 6 in the 400 block of Dragonfly Drive, and the CPD is down 11 officers in its 72 officer force/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. Shooting stories here and here.

Question: Anyone out there who believes, as Councilman Adams seems to, that Coeur d'Alene doesn't need additional police officers?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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